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3/25/2014: St. Patrick’s “Booze It & Lose It” Campaign Results in 815 DWI Arrests

St. Patrick’s “Booze It & Lose It” Campaign Results in 815 DWI Arrests

Posted 3/25/2014 10:14:58 AM

RALEIGH – Luck ran out for more than 800 drivers in North Carolina who were arrested for driving under the influence during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Law enforcement stepped up patrols and held checkpoints across the state from March 14 through March 17 as part of the “Booze It & Lose It” campaign.   “The only lucky charm guaranteed to work this St. Patrick’s Day was a designated driver,” said Don Nail, director of the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “Thanks to the efforts of law enforcement, those who drove drunk got caught. The officers will continue their efforts day and night until drivers no longer get behind the wheel after drinking." The top five counties for DWI arrests during the St. Patrick’s Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign include: • Wake County with 92 DWI arrests; • Mecklenburg County with 64 DWI arrests; • Cumberland County with 41 DWI arrests; • Guilford County with 39 DWI arrests; and • Robeson County with 32 DWI arrests. In addition to DWI arrests, local and state law enforcement officers issued 23,867 traffic and criminal citations statewide at 3,959 checking stations and patrols. They also issued 1,685 safety belt and 282 child passenger safety violations; 6,579 speeding violations; 170 work zone violations and 729 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 612 fugitives from justice and recovered 21 stolen vehicles. For more information regarding “Booze It & Lose It” activities and county totals, contact Heather Jeffreys at (919) 707-2665 or visit the GHSP website. ***NCDOT***
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3/14/2014: Don’t Rely on the Luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day, Make a Designated Driver Your Lucky Charm

Don’t Rely on the Luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day, Make a Designated Driver Your Lucky Charm

Posted 3/14/2014 2:30:08 PM

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program remind drivers that their luck will run out if they decide to drive after drinking too much green beer and Irish whiskey this St. Patrick’s Day. Starting Friday, law enforcement officers statewide will step up patrols and stage checkpoints as part of the “Booze It & Lose It” campaign to catch unlucky drivers who break the law. “St. Patrick’s Day is a day known for drinking alcohol,” said Don Nail, director of the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “We encourage anyone traveling on our state’s roads to be smart and plan ahead if they are going to drink. Calling a taxi, taking public transit or having a designated driver will help ensure they celebrate safely.”  During last year’s St. Patrick’s Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, law enforcement officers made nearly 700 DWI arrests. The drivers involved could have avoided accidents or fines if they had not gotten behind the wheel after drinking. GHSP offers these safety tips for those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at a pub or party to avoid getting a DWI: Before the festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night; Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home; If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police in a safe way. You could save a life; and And, remember, if you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they need to go safely. On North Carolina roads last year, there were 338 alcohol-related deaths. At the national level, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2011, on average, one person was killed every 53 minutes in a drunk-driving crash. Most of those crashes involved drunk drivers who had blood-alcohol concentrations of .15 or higher, almost twice the legal limit of .08. The St. Patrick’s Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign will run throughout the weekend and end on Monday, March 17.  ***NCDOT***
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4/12/2012: “No Need 2 Speed” Nets Nearly 13,500 Speeders

“No Need 2 Speed” Nets Nearly 13,500 Speeders

Posted 4/12/2012 9:53:28 AM

RALEIGH — The Governor’s Highway Safety Program announced today that state and local law enforcement officers cited 13,435 motorists for speeding during the “No Need 2 Speed” Campaign, which ran April 2-8. A total of 39,150 traffic and criminal citations were issued statewide. “State and local law enforcement agencies made a tremendous effort to make our highways safer and to remind motorists to obey the speed limit during this campaign,” said Becky Wallace, director of GHSP. Officers also issued 2,832 safety belt and 426 child passenger safety violations and 1,003 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 819 fugitives from justice and recovered 51 stolen vehicles. For county-by-county citation totals or more information about “No Need 2 Speed”, visit the Governor's Highway Safety Program website. ***NCDOT***
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4/4/2012: There is “No Need 2 Speed” While Traveling

There is “No Need 2 Speed” While Traveling

Posted 4/4/2012 1:43:55 PM

RALEIGH – Speeding is one of the top three causes of crashes on North Carolina’s highways. In an effort to reduce speeds and make our highways safer, the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program along with the state and local law enforcement kicked off the “No Need 2 Speed” campaign on Monday to cite speeders for not obeying speed limits. N.C. SHP along with local police departments and sheriff offices across the state have stepped up patrols on North Carolina’s roads. The stepped up patrols will continue through Sunday, April 8. While you are behind the wheel, remember these tips to get you to your destination safely: Obey the speed limit. In 2011, speeding was a contributing factor in about 33 percent of crashes in North Carolina; those crashes resulted in 428 fatalities and 39,416 injuries; Pay attention. The latest research shows that you are 23 times more likely to crash your vehicle if you text while driving. Other distractions in your vehicle may include eating and drinking, grooming, using a navigation system or adjusting your stereo; Plan ahead before you leave home so you know where you are going and how long it will take you to get there. You can visit the travel page on the NCDOT website at http://ncdot.gov/travel/ to learn about road construction, crashes, weather conditions or other incidents that may affect your travel time. Also, you can call 511, North Carolina’s toll-free travel information line, for real-time alerts and updates. Dangerous driving can be reported to local law enforcement by dialing 911 from anywhere in the state. For more information on “No Need 2 Speed”, go to the Governor's Highway Safety Program website. ***NCDOT***
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4/2/2012: “No Need 2 Speed” Campaign Begins Today

“No Need 2 Speed” Campaign Begins Today

Posted 4/2/2012 11:49:52 AM

RALEIGH –The Governor’s Highway Safety Program Director Becky Wallace along with N.C. State Highway Patrol Lt. Col. Wellington Scott and Richmond County Sheriff James Clemmons, Jr. kicked off the “No Need 2 Speed” Campaign today at the Rockingham Speedway. During the week-long campaign, which lasts today through Sunday, April 8, local and state law enforcement agencies will conduct stepped up patrols and enforcement to cite speeders and other traffic law violators on North Carolina’s highways. “Speeding can be deadly,” said GHSP Director Becky Wallace. “In North Carolina last year, there were 428 speed-related fatalities and 412 of those fatalities were unbelted. Our partnerships with law enforcement to strictly enforce North Carolina speed limits are crucial to keeping our highways safe.” Officers will focus their efforts on all roads, including interstates, major highways, rural two-lane roads and city streets across the state. During the “No Need 2 Speed” campaign in March 2011, state and local law enforcement agencies cited 12,476 motorists for speeding. Dangerous driving can be reported to local law enforcement by dialing 911 from anywhere in the state. For more information on “No Need 2 Speed”, go to the Governor's Highway Safety Program website. ***NCDOT***
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